QR Codes come to Lawrence Tech’s library
Friday, October 22nd, 2010
QR Codes, or quick response codes, are now hiding out in the stacks of Lawrence Techs library in the basement of the Buell Management Building. Smartphone users can scan them with a barcode-scanning app to quickly visit web pages.
According to Wikipedia, a QR Code is a matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code), readable by QR scanners, mobile phones with a camera, and smartphones. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on white background. The information encoded can be text, URL or other data.
Common in Japan, where it was created by Toyota subsidiary Denso-Wave in 1994, the QR Code is one of the most popular types of two-dimensional barcodes. QR is the initialism of “quick response,” as the creator intended the code to allow its contents to be decoded at high speed.
Although initially used for tracking parts in vehicle manufacturing, QR Codes are now used in a much broader context, including both commercial tracking applications and convenience-oriented applications aimed at mobile phone users (known as mobile tagging).
QR Codes and other library topics are discussed on librarian Natalie Zebula’s blog.
Laptop users benefit from more outlets
The library is electrifying its users…with new services. During September, the library added new electric wiring to serve students at the tables, relieving the congestion of electric plugs at the pillars. The new wires connect to tables situated by the garden, by the periodical display, by the center aisle, and near the Kahn library area.
The library is planning to invest in additional wiring to be added as a second phase of the project, but for now, there should be enough capacity for most users to plug in and keep their laptops fully charged.
Other new technology additions include a new high-speed, high-volume printer (M113a) that can print back-to-back or single-sided, and two beautiful new 27-inch iMAC computers for student use.
Though not new, the color photocopier remains a good value at just 25 cents per page, and there are three scanners available for student use.